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Perry's Victory and International Peace Monument Towers above tiny Put-in-Bay and the rest of South Bass Island in western Lake Erie. The granite monument stands 352 feet tall with an observation deck 317 feet off the ground. The 150th anniversary of Perry's victory over the British was celebrated earlier this year. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
A statue of Oliver Hazard Perry stands in the National Park Service's visitor center in Put-in-Bay. The 352-foot-tall monument rises in the backgroyund. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
View ftrom atop Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay. The battle was fought 10 mikles away to the northwest. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
The 15-room mansion of Civil war financier Jay Cooke sits on Gibraltar Island. It is owned by Ohio State University. It sits on the small island in the Put-in-Bay harbor. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Ohio State University and the Ohio sea Grant Program operate the Aquatic Visitor Center at Put-in-Bay. It is housed in an old state fish hatchery. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
“I wish I had a crystal ball to show you where you will be one year from now,” I said to Claude three weeks before he graduated from college. “Things are about to get really exciting and you will be fine.”